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Hell of a life: meet the Nazis who ran ‘spas’ where kids were abused

Former senior SS officers were in positions of authority at the island resorts until as recently as the 1970s

Justin Huggler

Senior former Nazis were allowed to run German health resorts where children were abused after World War 2, a documentary claims.

A Nazi doctor accused of sending at least seven children to die under a eugenics programme and a former SS officer who took part in the murder of Lithuanian Jews are featured in the programme. Both were allowed to hold senior positions at children’s health spas in post-war West Germany, the film for ARD television’s Report Mainz found.

Until the 1980s, it was common for West German children to be sent to health spas for problems as trivial as bed wetting or being overweight. Documentaries uncovered how children were beaten, sedated and injected with drugs. A report broadcast on Monday investigated how former Nazis were in positions of authority at spas until as recently as the 1970s...

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